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CULT OF THE DEAD COW on China hearings
Topic: Internet Civil Liberties 10:40 am EST, Feb 16, 2006

There is not now nor has there ever been any correlation between economic and political development in China.

The cDc's comments aren't bad, but the hearing is the criticism they seem to be asking for. My problem with this whole thing is that I'll bet some of the legislators who held this hearing voted for the Communications Decency Act. How can Congress get its panties in a bunch about political censorship in China when they voted just a decade ago to imprison people for saying fuck on the internet? We sowed these seeds, and China knows it.

There is a correlation between economic development in China and peace. A healthy, interconnected, global China is less likely to start bombing stuff then a poor, angry, isolated China. I don't think Google really had a choice here. They either comply with various national demands or they are liable locally or in the case of China they simply get banned. I don't blame them. I do blame the telecommunications companies who went in there and built China's firewall. They didn't have to take that business. I do think we should be engaged. I don't think we should take opportunities that we shouldn't support when we don't have to. And if we have to, we should take them like a C student.

CULT OF THE DEAD COW on China hearings

For future reference...
Topic: Internet Civil Liberties 10:21 am EST, Jan 30, 2006

Chinese Google filter only works if you can spell

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Big Content would like to outlaw things no one has even thought of yet
Topic: Internet Civil Liberties 5:46 pm EST, Jan 22, 2006

The post points to broadcast flag draft legislation sponsored by Senator Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) that contains provisions which appear to limit digital broadcast media reception devices to "customary historic use of broadcast content by consumers to the extent such use is consistent with applicable law and that prevents redistribution of copyrighted content over digital networks."

U.S. Senate moves to ban innovation outright.

Big Content would like to outlaw things no one has even thought of yet

Alito Weighs in on Internet Porn - Broadcasting & Cable
Topic: Internet Civil Liberties 8:57 pm EST, Jan 10, 2006

On the Internet, of course, it is readily available from any computer terminal, and a lot of minors today are a lot more sophisticated in the use of computers than their parents. The ability of parents to monitor and supervise what they are doing is greatly impaired by this difference in computer aptitude.

"I can't say much more than that, but it is a difficult question. And I think there needs to be additional effort in this area, probably by all branches of government, so that the law fully takes into account the differences regarding communication over the Internet and access to materials over the Internet by minors.

Mike DeWine (R. Ohio) has been quizing nominees about Internet Porn. Thats interesting in and of itself. DeWine seems to be of the opinion that its a shame that the CDA was overturned. He makes the typical deciet of saying "pornography" in reference to legislation that actually says "indecency." The two concepts are very different. Roberts didn't really say anything substantive in response to this question. Alito, on the other hand, seems to be of the opinion that because old people are less likely to understand computers then young people (is that really still true, last I checked I'm nearly 30...) perhaps the First Amendment shouldn't be as broadly applied to the Internet as it is in environments where adults are more comfortable. This stands in contrast to the Court's view that because the Internet is a medium where the user gets to control what they see, and anyone can publish, it deserves better protection then media like broadcast Television, not worse...

Alito Weighs in on Internet Porn - Broadcasting & Cable

Create an e-annoyance, go to jail | Perspectives | CNET
Topic: Internet Civil Liberties 2:24 pm EST, Jan  9, 2006

Annoying someone via the Internet is now a federal crime.

Thats annoying.

Create an e-annoyance, go to jail | Perspectives | CNET - A false Wikipedia 'biography'
Topic: Internet Civil Liberties 2:23 pm EST, Dec  1, 2005

And so we live in a universe of new media with phenomenal opportunities for worldwide communications and research — but populated by volunteer vandals with poison-pen intellects. Congress has enabled them and protects them.

A prominent Nashvillian comes out against the requirement that Internet complaintants actually demonstrate that they have a valid legal complaint before getting access to the identities of Internet users. If he didn't have a valid legal complaint then I wonder what he intended to do with this person's identity? Attack them personally??

John Seigenthaler, a retired journalist, founded The Freedom Forum First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University.

What irony. Frankly, its wikipedia, just edit it, and if you worked with Kennedy try not to take your personal involvement in people's conspiracy theories seriously. RELAX. ITS JUST A BUNCH OF ONES AND ZEROS. - A false Wikipedia 'biography'

MemeStreams banned by New Jersey Catholic School
Topic: Internet Civil Liberties 9:26 pm EDT, Oct 24, 2005

When students post their faces, personal diaries and gossip on Web sites like and, it is not simply harmless teen fun, according to one Sussex County Catholic school principal.It's an open invitation to predators and an activity that Pope John XIII Regional High School in Sparta will no longer tolerate, the Rev. Kieran McHugh told a packed assembly of 900 high school students two weeks ago.

Effective immediately, and over student complaints, the teens were told to dismantle their accounts or similar sites with personal profiles and blogs. Defy the order and face suspension, students were told.

MemeStreams banned by New Jersey Catholic School

Yahoo bans all minors from all chat rooms.
Topic: Internet Civil Liberties 11:47 am EDT, Oct 15, 2005

Yahoo Inc. said Wednesday it will bar chat rooms that promote sex between minors and adults and restrict all chat rooms to users 18 and older.

The changes come under an agreement with New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer and Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning.

``This is about protecting kids,'' Bruning said.

Protecting kids my ass. When you completely eliminate kid's ability to use a service you haven't protected them, you've restricted their freedom. You're punishing them for something somebody else might do. Whats even more annoying is that these journalists think that the bigger story is that they banned the sex chat rooms. Its obvious that these attourneys, the journalists, and the readership are all completely oblivious to the idea that teenagers are people who might have fundamental rights that they are infringing in their zeal to protect them. This is the first time I recall seeing Eliot Spitzer do something I felt was over the top.

Yahoo bans all minors from all chat rooms.

20 US Reps support the Broadcast Flag, including Brentwood's
Topic: Internet Civil Liberties 11:01 pm EDT, Oct 10, 2005

20 members of the House sent an open letter to Congressman Fred Upton, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet (part of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce), and its ranking member, Edward J. Markey. All 20 pledged their allegiance to the Broadcast Flag.

Marsha Blackburn from good ole Brentwood, TN is on this list. If you still live in her district drop her a note and explain to her that her local constituency understands technology, is aware of issues like this, and wants their computers to do what they tell them to do and not what the media industry wants them to do. There are few places in the US where so many of the local voters would be likely to be aware of this and unhappy with it.

20 US Reps support the Broadcast Flag, including Brentwood's

RE: Justice Department in War Against Porn, chilling effects hit SuicideGirls
Topic: Internet Civil Liberties 7:49 pm EDT, Sep 25, 2005

Rattle wrote:
In the most recent blow against evil pornography, the feds have pointed the chilling effects laser at SuicideGirls, forcing them to take down a number of photo-sets and individual photos.

It doesn't look like the Feds actually DID anything. They are pre-emptively taking photosets down in order to stave off prosecution. But the fundies have already won. If I were running SG I'd stand my ground and fight rather then wimping out like this.

The linked article is a good one, particularly in the way that it juxtiposes Alan Ginsberg with the rambling incoherent tripe from WorldNetDaily in which the author argues that if you're going to allow obsenity you have to allow homeless people to be murdered. Fucking stupid. How can you possibly be that fucking stupid?! (U:Benjamin Shapiro goes to Harvard Law School and he can't wrap his mind around the idea that that homeless people are people and therefore there would be a state interest in protecting them from murder in a rights based society?! Man, law school must be easier then I thought! I hope he doesn't skip the classes that explain what inalienable means.)

The 60s are not ancient history. If they came for the poets then, they'll come for the poets now. Republican MemeStreamers who are wondering why I have a problem with their politcal party can look no futher then the coming crackdown on thoughtcrime. (And, yes, Hillary Clinton, thats why I don't like you, too, and will not vote for you.)

RE: Justice Department in War Against Porn, chilling effects hit SuicideGirls

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